I always try to do at least one or two things for charity in the course of a year. However, we’ve now reached October and I don’t think I remember doing anything so far this year! I’ve just been so busy with Autumn, the blog and university and the run-up to work that I guess I forgot. As such, this month I’m doing a couple of things for charity. My chosen charities are Breast Cancer Care, Maternity Worldwide and Smalls for All.
I’m doing a variety of things to help these charities, it’s not all just sponsorship! Let’s explore what they’re doing and how I’m helping them in a little further depth.
Who they are
Maternity Worldwide raise money to help women in sub-Saharan Africa. The statistics for death in pregnancy and childbirth or just after are scary. Scarily, 800 people die each day, that’s 2 every minute. The frustrating thing is, most of these women could be saved if only they had accessibility to what we have in the UK.
As well as this, they also help women to become financially independent and help them to set up small businesses.
You can find out more here.
What I’m doing
They have a campaign called Choctober, which I’m taking part in. I’m asking people to sponsor me to give up chocolate for the whole of October. If you know me, you’ll know this is incredibly difficult for me as I’m a total chocoholic!
If you can, please sponsor me.
Here’s a break down of how your donations could help:
- Donate £1 – The cost of a small chocolate bar could pay for a course of antibiotics to prevent infection following childbirth
- Donate £15 – The cost of a luxury box of chocolates could provide a safe birth for a mother and her baby
- Donate £30 – The cost of a fancy chocolate cake could empower a woman to make her own decisions about her healthcare
- Donate £50 – The cost of a posh chocolate fountain could provide an emergency safe birth for a mother and her baby
Breast Cancer Care
Who they are
Breast Cancer Care provide care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer. Providing information and practical support, bringing people together, campaigning for better care and promoting the importance of early detection, their work is invaluable.
Unfortunately, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and the lifetime risk of a woman developing it is 1 in 8. So, remember to check your breasts or get someone to help you! If you’re of the age where mammograms are offered to you, make sure you take advantage of them.
What I’m doing
If you’re following me on Instagram, you may notice that everything has gone a bit pink. I’m not really a ‘pink person’, but this month I am doing a Big Pink, celebrating the colour pink to raise awareness of this charity. I pledge to raise 1p for every like I receive on one of my Instagram posts for my Big Pink throughout October.
So, just to clarify, I will add all likes up until 23:59:59 on 31st October 2017 and donate 1p for each one to Breast Cancer Care. Of course, you could support them too by sending your own donation! Unfortunately, I’m not made of money having just come off of maternity leave, so just in case I get an unprecedented amount of likes on my posts I’m going to set a cap of £50.
Smalls for All
In parts of Western Africa, underwear is unfortunately a luxury. Smalls for All are a Scottish based charity who collect and distribute underwear to help women and children living in orphanages, slums, Internationally Displaced Person Camps and schools. They also help to provide underwear to hospitals for people suffering from conditions such as obstetric fistula. They accept new pants, new bras and gently worn bras.
What I’m doing
This seems like a good opportunity to me to have a clear out of my bra drawer. I bought a few lovely bras in a sale just before I fell pregnant with Autumn. Sadly, I went up three or four cup sizes in my first 5 weeks of pregnancy. This meant I never got to wear the bras and now they don’t fit *sob* I’m going to have a good look through as I went through bras so quickly in early pregnancy without wearing them very much at all. I’m also going to ask friends and relatives if they have any bras they’d like to get rid of for me to send to Smalls for All.
Have you done anything for charity recently? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear about it!